Roger Federer's return to the field is very close now, as he starts his clay court season this week in Geneva. The former world number 1 has been absent from the circuit since a brief spell at the Qatar Open in Doha, where he reached the quarter-finals by relinquishing a comeback to future winner Nikoloz Basilashvili.
The Swiss phenomenon will also play Roland Garros at the end of the month, a decision that surprised even the experts after the one-week postponement of the Parisian Grand Slam. It is no secret that King Roger's goal is to be ready for Wimbledon, the event in which he has the best chance of putting on the board the 21st Major of a simply unrepeatable career.
The 39-year-old from Basel also heads straight for the Tokyo Olympics, hoping to grab that gold in singles that has always escaped him until now. Interviewed by 'RTS' on the eve of his debut in Geneva, Federer humbly admitted that he did not know exactly what his current level is.
Roger Federer still has some doubts over his body
"Of course there are some question marks everywhere," Roger Federer said. "But Nadal and Djokovic are on one side and I on the other. I will tell more after 10 matches, but right now I'm not looking to compete straight against them."
It's not surprising, then, that the Swiss doesn't harbor any lofty goals from his Roland Garros participation. "It might sounds strange to mention the French Open as a preparation for the grass, but that's the way it is," Federer continued.
"I would like to say Paris is the goal, but I'm not ready for that. It would be presumptuous to say anything is possible for me there." The French Open is the second Grand Slam event to take place in the calendar year and was founded in the year 1891.
It is the second oldest Major that is played regularly every season and all prominent players from both the men’s and women’s side of the sport. With the French Open 2021 about to begin, let’s take a look at some interesting revelations regarding the event.
The last time the event in Roland Garros was canceled was in 1940, due to World War 2. And that is the last time Roland Garros was scratched off the tennis calendar. Although the war lasted from 1939 and lasted till 1945, the event still continued after it was canceled for one year in 1940.
The tournament took place from 1941 onwards but it was not recognized by the French governing body at that time. The World War, to date, remains one of the worst phases in humanity. Besides 1940, the tournament was not allowed to be conducted from 1915 to 1919 due to World War 1.